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How much would you recommend feeding a 1 year old Chihuahua that weighs 5.6 lbs?

We don't want to overfeed our new Chihuahua, and of course we don't want to starve the poor guy either. We are just wodnering if anyone knows the feeding requirements for a 5 pound Chihuahua. We feed him dry puppy food that we got from the pound when we got him. Thanks for the help!!


Asked by Member 490733 on Jan 7th 2008 Tagged chihuahua, food, howmuch, year, five, pounds, dryfood in Pet Food
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Abby

Two of the biggest mistakes people make in regards to feeding amount are to a) go by the instructions printed on the bag of dog food, and b) ask their veterinarian. Because both of those are just that ... mistakes.

Feeding instructions on the bag are "one size fits all" and do not take into consideration your dog's activity level, breed, and personal metabolism. And what most vets know about nutrition wouldn't fill your dog's kibble bowl, unless your vet is a certified veterinary nutritionist.

At a year old, your dog has reached his adult size, and looking at his photos, he looks quite fit. You should be able to very easily feel his ribs but not see them when he is standing (that would be "ideal" weight).

The best way to maintain this is to feed the amount you are feeding, and weigh your dog every week. If he is loosing weight, feed a little more. If he is gaining weight, feed a little less. And voila - the ideal feeding amount for your dog's metabolism and activity level.


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HERBIE

DEPENDS ON WHAT KIND OF FOOD YOU HAVE HIM ON. AND ALSO DOES HE GULP ALL OF HIS FOOD DOWN AT ONCE? IF YOU HVE HIM ON A FEEDING SCHEDULE OF TWICE A DAY, THEN I WOULD SAY 1/2 CUP OF KIBBLE. IT MAY NOT LOOK LIKE ALOT, BUT IT WILL SWELL IN HIS TUMMY.
MY MALE CHIHUAHUA HAS DRY KIBBLE LEFT OUT FOR HIM 24/7. THAT WAY HE EATS WHEN HE WANTS. HE IS ON EAGLE PACK HOLISTIC FOOD THAT IS ALL NATURAL.
GOOD LUCK


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Pedro

Every dog is different and it depends on the food they eat.If your dog is of good weight now--which your Vet will be able to tell you at his 1st visit or even if you take him there the Techs or receptionist will be able to give you a good idea-If you can see his ribs well then he is under weight.If you look at him from above and he has no dip at his waistline then he is over weight. He should(when looking from above)have a slight dip at his waistline.Some bags of food show this some don't.A VET VISIT WILL CLEAR IT ALL UP!When you get a proper weight on your dog there is normally a feeding guide on your bag of food feed him for what your Vet thinks he should weigh.Don't go by breed standard when you think of what he should weigh,every dog is an individual,just go by what your Vet thinks he should weigh.
Good luck & thanks for rescuing from the shelter!We need many more people that do that!
Karen & the Boys


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